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By Trent Hamm

Play the Fooly-wed Game!

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. One of the first articles I ever wrote for The Motley Fool was actually co-written with my wife, who also then worked for the Fool.

Mary Jo Bang: On Learning, Self-Discipline, and Taking the Road Less Traveled

How do we bridge the distance between our true creative ambitions and the jobs we take to pay the rent? Poet Mary Jo Bang describes her slow build to mastery.

The Single-Changing Method

Post written by Leo Babauta. After last week’s article on How I Changed My Life, In Four Lines, I had many people ask the same question: “I want to change a few different things in my life — health, debt, productivity, etc. Do I really need to do them separately, focusing on one thing only and nothing else until that change is done?

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Meal Mixes

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

GRS Blogger Profile: Tim Sullivan

This post is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five-plus years, it’s grown into a multi-author blog. Last year, the staff writers shared short bios to give readers a little background.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent"?

For the past few years, for the weekly video as part of the Happiness Challenge, I've proposed a resolution for your consideration -- a concrete, manageable resolution to boost your happiness (at least, one that has boosted my happiness). I'm considering changing the format of the videos for next year.

How to Quit Mindlessly Surfing the Internet and Actually Get Stuff Done

9 pm. A college campus in the Midwest. Rob sits down to study. His inner monologue: Okay, time to hit the books. I’m really going to get crap done tonight. Let me just sit down here and crack open my giant textbook. Mmmm, interesting, interesting. But I don’t understand this term here on pg. 307. I should look it up on Wikipedia. Okay, got it.


Materials: ORDNING cutlery drainer Description: You need a potato-masher, an ORDNING drainer and a painted wood board. I fixed the potato-masher on the board and attached the ORDNING drainer on the handle of the potato-masher with a little flat piece of iron. I fixed a socket (linked to an electric wire taken on an old lamp) inside the drainer... and there you go !

Ung Drill Earring Display

Materials: Ung Drill frame, tulle, needle and thread Description: This is my first Ikea hack that I wanted to publish and I'm very excited about it. I wanted something fancy to store my tons of earrings, and it would have to fit into my old fashionde, viennese pseudo baroque room. I thought the Ung Drill was just perfect for this purpose!

Clean your barbecue grill? Might want to wait until spring

I’m a fan of grilling all year round — even in the snow and ice of winter — but many people pack up their grills in the fall.

Reader Mailbag: Occupation

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Student making ends meet 2. Roth and regular 401(k)s 3. Difficult career choice 4. Does frugality hurt the economy? 5. File or shred? 6. When should we combine finances? 7. Cost basis choice 8.

5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy As A Freelancer

Freelancers wear many hats. In fact, you might find yourself acting more like a janitor than a CEO most of the time. In some ways, this variety can be fun … but it can also be draining and impact our freelance health. The result is that many freelancers drown in their many duties and burn the candle at both ends.

Cali-King "Lackable" Headboard and Platform Bed Frame

Materials: 8 Lack tables (white & birch), 3 50-packages of wood screws, 2 pieces of plywood 81 in. x 35 3/4 in., metal plates, T-like brace, felt Description: This design inspired our design as well as this one. I was having a hard time finding a platform bed for our California King bed frame. It was becoming frustrating.

Cashing in on Craigslist: How I’ve Saved Thousands of Dollars Buying Used

In August, I wrote about Ryan Finlay, who makes a living through Craigslist arbitrage. Many readers wanted to hear more about how Ryan uses Craigslist to make and save money. In this guest post, Ryan explains how to use Craigslist to save money on high-ticket items like appliances and furniture. If there’s enough interest, he may share more Craigslist tips in the future.